Why People Worship Money

Money is powerful. Money is generally good (to the one who has it). Money is everywhere (or more accurately, it is recognized almost everywhere). And those with the Money know everything, or at least they know a whole lot more than those without. More importantly, what they know are often things that would point them in the direction of even more Money.

Ah, Money. Almost omnipotent, generally omni-benevolent, virtually omni-present, practically omniscient. Money’s ‘omnis’ may have qualifiers, but its powers are unmistakably tangible and immediately detectable. And Money begets more Money. No wonder people worship it.

Now it is written in the Bible: The love of money is the root of all evil. But is it? How about Lust? Isn’t that a root of the evil of rape? How about Anger, Envy, Pride? Surely more horrid things had been done out of these than for the love of money.

Now I could almost hear the atheists say, “And even more terrible things like murder and genocide had been done in the name of god”. Well, I think ‘in the name of religion‘ would be more accurate. Because how can different people supposedly created by the same God receive separate ‘instructions’ from their ‘God’ to kill each other just because the other is an idolater or infidel?

And now I could almost hear the theists say, “But greater evils were done by Hitler, Stalin, and Mao who were all supposed to be atheists!” Well I think these atrocities had nothing to do with whether or not these leaders believed in God but rather on how they controlled their subjects in a cult-like fashion not unlike some religions – by striking the fear of death into their hearts. The only difference is that while the death the dictators deal is corporal, the death that religions use to threaten the unbelievers is eternal. I wonder which one is more effective in controlling legions and enforcing the leader’s will.

But I guess the more important question is, why do monarchs as well as religious cult leaders have to use the fear of death to control entire populations? Ah, for the love of money. And so while the monarch says, “Give me your money or else you will die”, the religious cult leader says, “Your money will only weigh down your soul and lead to your eternal damnation. Give it to me and worship me instead”. inner minds

9 Responses to “Why People Worship Money”

  1. September 4, 2009 at 5:41 pm

    “Well, I think ‘in the name of religion’ would be more accurate.”
    -Yes I agree but we have different reasons. People do not kill because of God but because of religion because how can a non-existent being, like God, instruct (or do action)? :p

  2. September 4, 2009 at 7:16 pm

    Aha! You just made an affirmative statement that God is non existent. You did not just say, “I am not convinced with the theists’/deists’ argument that there is a God”, in which case there wouldn’t be any burden of proof on your part. But since you took an active position on the non-existence of God, then you have to prove it.

    It’s just like when someone writes a mathematical equation on the board. Now if you say, “I am not convinced with your equation”, then that’s it – end of story. But if you say, “Your equation is wrong”, then you have to point out the flaws of the equation and write a new equation – and then you have to prove that your equation is correct.

    Now you might say that you can’t prove the non-existence of God just as you cannot prove the non-existence of unicorns, leprechauns, fairies, the flying spaghetti monster and the celestial teapot. But the existence or non-existence of these things have no significance, whereas the existence of God is what the deists consider as the First Cause – the Eternal Cause – of the Big Bang and the resulting universe. Now, can you tell me how the universe began in such a way that would indisputably rule out a creator?

  3. September 5, 2009 at 5:04 pm

    The First Cause would lead to infinite regress. God begs for a creator.

    Is God eternal? Then that would still lead to infinite regress. Who created the dimension (supernatural dimension) when God created the Universe? Of course God. When God created that dimension, where was God? God was in another dimension when he created the dimension in w/c he created the universe. And so on..

    That logical fallacy above (and others) rules out the creator.

  4. 4 jong atmosfera
    September 5, 2009 at 5:43 pm

    I’m still not convinced with your argument.

    One could always say that perhaps God is a dimension of his own and therefore doesn’t need an external dimension in order to exist. Of course, I can’t prove this. But fortunately I don’t have to. Because I am not asserting this as a position, but only as a logical possibility that cannot be ruled out indisputably by your affirmative statement that the universe doesn’t need a creator.

    It’s not so much fun having the burden of proof, is it? Very much unlike pointing out inconsistencies in the Bible or citing evidences against creationism. 🙂

  5. September 6, 2009 at 11:18 am

    Convinced? Who’s convincing you? LOL peace

    The infinite regress shows that the First Cause/Cosmological Argument is not really logical. 🙂

  6. September 6, 2009 at 11:50 am

    Why is it not logical? It’s only logical for anything that did not exist eternally to have a first cause. Can you name one thing that doesn’t have a first cause? Virtual particles? Can you prove that virtual particles have no first cause? Can you totally rule out nearby forces yet undetected by our present technology that could cause these vacuum fluctuations?

    My point is, I don’t know and you don’t know. But for as long as science cannot answer what really happened before the Big Bang, one can never rule out a Creator.

    “In the very beginning, there was a void, a curious form of vacuum, a nothingness containing no space, no time, no matter, no light, no sound. Yet the laws of nature were in place and this curious vacuum held potential. A story logically begins at the beginning, but this story is about the universe and unfortunately there are no data for the very beginnings – none, zero. We don’t know anything about the universe until it reaches the mature age of a billion of a trillionth of a second. That is, some very short time after creation in the big bang. When you read or hear anything about the birth of the universe, someone is making it up – we are in the realm of philosophy.” – from The God Particle

  7. 7 Isang Kaibigan
    October 19, 2009 at 7:31 am

    I think Discreet Infidel has confused the proposition of a First Cause as a necessary cause with as a sufficient cause.

  8. 8 Jong Atmosfera
    October 19, 2009 at 10:16 pm

    Hmmm…interesting. Would you please care to enlighten me about necessary cause and sufficient cause? 🙂

  9. 9 John
    August 30, 2011 at 10:44 pm

    These cults are scumbags and conartists (fraudsters)after your money who tell you a whole lot of bullshit trying to get you to commit your money and time to them,they are a money making racket …so beware.

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